Indie Gems: Stoker
...Well that escalated quickly.
I never tire of using that line from Anchorman, but it does apply to several parts of Stoker in my opinion.
India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) is a quiet, introverted teenager who finds out her beloved father has died on her 18th birthday. Suddenly, her uncle
Ozymandais Charlie (Matthew Goode), whom she never even knew existed shows up at her and her mother's (Nicole Kidman) door. He's charming, but there's something dark and disturbing about him. There's something dark about India as well, and she can't help but be drawn to him.
This is one of those films that I wanted to see because of the cast and from good reviews from my fellow bloggers. That being said, I didn't actually know very much about the film in the first place. It's nice to go into a film like this blind, because I never knew what to expect, and I sure as hell didn't expect the ending I got. I saw it going in a totally different direction.
Mia Wasikowska is such a fascinating little actress, and this is probably her best performance to date. She pulls off India's melancholy attitude perfectly, and gives some of the best "death stares" I've ever seen. Matthew Goode is wonderful in his role as well as the enigmatic Charlie. You can tell just by looking at him that something is not quite right. I loved the score as well. With a film like this set mostly in greys and blacks, it brightened it up in a way and made it beautiful.
Memorable Quote: "I mean, no, thank you." - India (Mia Wasikowska)